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BiH: Vucic Announces Investment of Significant Serbian Funds in Republika Srpska, FBiH

Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency Chairman Milorad Dodik told a news conference in Banja Luka that “Sarajevo politics” and their demands for the removal of RS and the elimination of its institutional force were to blame for the lack of co-operation with Republika Srpska.

At a joint news conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who visited Banja Luka today, he said “politically, Sarajevo is completely ill”, while statements by Democratic Action Party leader Bakir Izetbegovic in the letter were “a very well-known ideology”. for us “.

“Neither we nor Serbia provoked or drafted a letter, no, it came from one side. “And we do not want any conflict, redundancy, even at the individual level,” said Dodik.

He repeatedly stressed that Republika Srpska does not want a war or an Exit from Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the context of a possible secession which, he claims, would be exclusively the result of bad politics from Sarajevo, Republika Srpska would leave with 49 per cent of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s territory.

Summing up today’s talks with Vucic and other officials of the Republic of Serbia, he highlighted the construction of the Sarajevo-Belgrade highway and other projects such as the Drina River hydropower plant and the construction of the Gradina memorial complex in memory of Serbian victims in Jasenovac.

Dodik described the high-level visit to Serbia as “the most important so far”.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that Bosnia and Herzegovina is the third largest export destination for Serbia and the number 7 trade partner, and therefore a very important partner.

He claims that trade exchange between the two countries may be significantly higher this year compared to last year. He stressed that it is important, while maintaining peace and stability, to develop the economy and ensure that people know that working together is a perspective for the future instead of war.

Vucic announced financial assistance from Serbia in the implementation of development projects in four municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Drvar, Kostajnica, Dubica and Nevesinje.

He added that talks on building the airport in Trebinje are also important, for which, according to Serbia estimates, 98 to 100m euros should be left, and of which Serbia would invest directly in the 73-75% ratio.

“By investing a considerable amount, Serbia will try to provide great benefits by implementing that project, both for Republika Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and for itself as the owner of the facility,” Vucic said.

They also discussed the construction of a highway from Banja Luka to Bijeljina and a bridge over the Sava River, for which Serbia wants to invest 100m euros out of the 136m euros required.

According to Vucic, co-operation in the fight against organized crime and corruption is “extremely important” for his country, and in the context of relations with Republika Srpska, he announced that much work is expected in preserving the language and text.

Today, Vucic also received the “Banja Luka City Key” award on the occasion of City Day. During the visit of the delegation, numerous meetings of senior officials were held, as well as a session of the Cooperation Council.

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